secure file transfer

Given more and more business is conducted on the web, online security is becoming increasingly important. Online file transfer offers a whole range of security challenges, but is essential for businesses moving high value files.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is one of the oldest Internet protocols, and is still widely used  today. Dozens of FTP clients and automation utilities have been developed for desktops, servers, and mobile devices. Hundreds of software programs incorporate FTP.

However, FTP has some pretty severe limitations. One of the biggest problems for businesses is the lack of security. FTP uses no encryption, so files are highly vulnerable if they are intercepted. There are workarounds to this problem. For instance, some companies add encryption by using SSL certificates. That said, this is a complex process and it costs quite a bit of time and money. Additionally, if you run FTP in active mode, problems with firewalls often crop up. And, if you run FTP in passive mode, you need a range of port numbers, with each port a potential security risk.

In fact, FTP has such obvious security problems that an entire new protocol called SSH File Transfer or Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) was developed and has become a popular alternative. SFTP is more secure and reliable than FTP (even FTP with SSL Certificates). Unfortunately, SFTP can be very slow and compatibility issues are common.

New technology and cloud architecture provide exciting opportunities for modern businesses, and innovative Signiant solutions offer the best in secure file transfer.

Media Shuttle is a hybrid SaaS solution that allows media professionals to quickly transfer any size file anywhere in the world. Consolidate and track all your file movement while gaining speed, security and control in one elegant, easy to use, cloud-based solution.

Flight is the only SaaS solution on the market that accelerates the movement of large files and data sets into and out of cloud storage. Automatically maintained and updated for you, Flight is easy to deploy, scales as needed, and works with Amazon S3 and other leading cloud platforms.

Learn more about how companies like TVB Europe and A+E Networks address security issues and guarantee secure file transfer with Signiant software below.

Companies can’t afford to keep trusting FTP

Almost immediately after the SolarWinds attack, many companies were reminded once again to take a closer look at their own infrastructure and processes. Some reacted by moving security to the top of their priority list and ditching FTP.

By Michael Darer Learn more

Content supply chain security is more vital and challenging than ever in a global and complex media landscape

Not every company has a technology stack that provides consistent content security and high performance. For example, we often see companies, large and small, still relying on FTP, despite its well-known content security and performance issues. When companies finally replace FTP with modern SaaS solutions, they quickly realize they should have taken the step long ago.

By Jon Finegold Learn more

Take Content Security Seriously or Risk Finding Yourself in a File Transfer Horror Story

For media, content is your lifeblood, and—when it comes to file transfer—you need solutions that ensure its security, integrity, and accessibility at all times. Whether it’s failed transfers, jumbled workflows, or data breaches, you don’t need the struggles of inadequate file transfers keeping you up at night.

By Michael Darer Learn more

Inside the Media Operations Hurricane

The modern M&E landscape is a hurricane of collaboration—across internal teams, contractors, partners and distributors. It’s this collaboration that not only defines how most media organizations approach content creation and distribution, but it is also largely what has contributed to the development and success of evolving technologies and artistic visions.

By Michael Darer Learn more

FTP replacement may be essential to securing content supply chains

Efforts by major media enterprises and content security associations are seeking to replace FTP across the industry’s inherently interconnected global supply chain.

By Meg Cater Learn more

Media Shuttle’s New IMF-Aware Capability Makes it Easy and Secure

IMF (Interoperable Master Format) was designed to address the chaos and inefficiencies involved in versioning programs. While a powerful standard, IMF isn’t user friendly and needs to be handled with secure file transfer software.

By Mike Nash Learn more

Moving data across the global content supply chain

One of our technology partners, Dell EMC, caught up with Signiant CTO Ian Hamilton at NAB and produced this great video about the global media supply chain.

By Meg Cater Learn more

The Significance of DPP’s ‘Committed to Security’ Program

For media companies, getting security right across their entire content supply chain seems like an impossible task. And it is, for any one company. DPP’s ‘Committed to Security’ Program is building a community of companies like Signiant that have demonstrated best cybersecurity practices.

By Meg Cater Learn more

Isn’t it Time to Think of People First and Not Policies and Technology?

Security and simplicity are often viewed as opposing forces. One widely held belief codified in the IS policies of most organizations is that for a system to be secure, people must use complex passwords that are changed frequently. But this doesn’t have to be “just the way it is”!

By Ian Hamilton Learn more

Signiant Receives ‘Committed to Security’ Mark from the Digital Production Partnership

Signiant has received the ‘Committed to Security’ mark from the Digital Production Partnership (DPP), demonstrating its ongoing commitment to best cybersecurity practices for both production and broadcast environments.

By Lexi Welsch Learn more

App-less Transfers: A new option in Media Shuttle for supporting our customers’ entire ecosystems

In some highly regulated industries, companies are often operating under locked down corporate IT environments. Signiant’s new app-less transfer option for Media Shuttle allows them to extend the solution’s adoption across their entire media ecosystems when installing software is not an option. System administrators can maintain full control and visibility of every transfer, while all end users enjoy a simple, uniform experience.

By Lexi Welsch Learn more

New Content Protection Option for Sending Files with Media Shuttle

With the latest high-profile cyberattack within Media & Entertainment, this one on HBO, occurring just months after the much-reported hack of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, cybersecurity and the importance of safeguarding valuable media content is once again on everyone’s mind.

By Danielle Rita Learn more